May 25, 2014
We welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains. On Saturday, Blues & Brews is the theme with music being the highlight. We’ll top it off with a micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party, 2nd Annual cliffhanger Mountain Bike Challenge ( May 24th) and a day at the Lake – Lake Monocan opens for the season!
Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. They used the highest quality materials available. Visitors today can still see the depth of James and Sally May’s relationship in places like the 4,000 piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name Swannanoa comes from Mrs. Dooley’s fondness for swans, which she liked because they choose their mates for a lifetime.
Live Music, Brewery Tours and Steal the Glass at Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
Live Music at Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Celebrate with French Crepes, Live Music, and Wine at DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Popup Cheese Shop with Flora Artisanal Cheese at Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Democracy Vineyards marks Memorial Day Weekend with Roanoke folk/rock/R & B duo Jim and Renee Oliphant of Ragtop. Fee. Discounts to all with military or VA ID.